Buffalo’s Wings N’ Things (213 Banawe St, Quezon City, Metro Manila)

PhotoGrid_1402128067685Date visited: November 2013

What we ate:

Champion Buffalo Wings in Garlic Parmesan and The Rookie sauces (~PhP280/pound) and Nachos N’ Salsa (~PhP100)

 

Taste = 4.5/5

–          When we were travelling for the nth time along Banawe St., we wanted to try a restaurant on the far side of the street. We saw that there was a wings place in the area so we tried their chicken wings. The wings were juicy and the coating of the flavour on the wings was even. The taste of the wings was good and the Rookie sauce had the right amount of spiciness for us. The Garlic Parmesan flavour was also a delight to eat. The amount of flavour was just right – not too little that you can just barely detect it but not too much that it would make you not want to eat any more. The nachos were crisp and very crunchy though we would have wanted it to be warm when served. The salsa was the usual one but it was still good and tasted fresh and not from the can.

 

Service = 5/5

–          They had attentive servers and they gave good service to their customers. It didn’t take much effort in getting their attention to get service and they moved fast enough.

 

Ambience = 4/5

–          There was an indoor and an outdoor dining area and both felt comfortable. This particular branch was relatively new when we ate there, everything was neat and clean. The atmosphere was friendly as well.

 

Value for money = 5/5

–          The serving sizes, quality of the food and the service were really above average. Good thing their prices were very reasonable and we hope they continue to do well.

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Mandarin Sky Seafood & Shabu Shabu Restaurant (478 Banawe St cor Simoun St Sienna, Quezon City)

Date visited: September 2013

What we ordered:

Suahe, Stuffed Vegetable Roll and Buchi

 

Taste = 4/5

–          The Suahe (shrimps) was nicely cooked although I thought they were a bit too firm. Fortunately, the sizes of the shrimp were larger than usual. Both Lyn and I thought that the dipping sauce tasted more like tempura dipping sauce which we didn’t particularly like for suahe. We prefer a sour-salty and a little spicy dipping sauce. The Vegetable Roll tasted great. It was like good siomai (pork and shrimp dumplings) wrapped in freshly blanched petchay. The accompanying sweet sauce was a little bland for us but when we dipped it in soy sauce with calamansi, the taste became much better. The meatiness was enhanced a lot and the vegetable wrap tasted better. The Buchi (spherical rice cake with a sweet bean paste in the core and sesame seed coating) was excellent probably one of the best that we have tasted. There was a thin crispy layer, then a second rice cake soft layer and finally, a warm sweet pasty core.

 

Service = 2.5/5

–          The servers were very courteous, smiled a lot and moved fast. The major problem was that it took an hour for our first dish to arrive (Suahe), 30 min more for the other dish (Vegetable Roll) and 15min more for the Buchi. In fairness to them, they warned us that the dishes we ordered took long to cook. However, they told us that we would only wait 20 min for the dishes but it took them more than an hour and a half to complete the orders and they were in instalments.

 

Ambience = 3/5

–          You could see from outside that this restaurant has a lot of patrons. Parking was hard and the waiting time was more than 15 min. The place was nice but the dining area was very crowded and everybody was just noisy. We’ve eaten at Chinese restaurants with even more diners but for some reason, it was just too noisy in the restaurant.

 

Value for money = 3/5

–          The quality and taste of the food were above average. The waiters were welcoming and were quick on their feet. What made us terribly disappointed were the poor cooking times and the atmosphere of disorder in the dining area.

I couldn’t find a website or Facebook page for this restaurant, Sorry.

Everything at Steak (939 Banawe St. cor Sta. Rosa, Manresa, Quezon City)

PhotoGrid_1369581344093Date visited: May 2013

What we ordered:

Rib Eye with Coleslaw and Beef Brisket with Grilled Corn on the Cob and Macaroni Salad

 

Taste = 3.5/5

–          The restaurant offers affordable steak meals and has added some menu items since we went here years ago.  The Beef Brisket tasted average but was very tender and the serving size was large. Lyn had the Rib Eye and it tasted average as well and was also very tender. The macaroni salad was on the warm side and was unappetizing. The grilled corn was good. I think it was boiled first before it was grilled. The coleslaw was pretty average.

 

Service = 3.5/5

–          The servers were attentive and catered to our requests pretty fast. However, they seem to lack friendliness towards the customers.

 

Ambience = 3.5/5

–          The dining area was clean and neat although the furniture and utensils were pretty standard. The comfort room exhaust was a little weird since I think it opened out to the kitchen area.

 

Value for money = 4.5/5

–          The prices of the steak meals are reasonable and the tenderness of the meat was a pleasant surprise.

 

Lam Tin Tea House (30-U Banawe St. Cor Cuenco St. Brgy Sto. Domingo, Quezon City)

Lam Tin Tea HouseDate visited: May 2013

What we ate:

Suahe, Yang Chow Fried Rice, Chicken Siopao and Chicken Feet

 

Taste = 5/5

–          I haven’t eaten on all of the Chinese restaurants along Banawe but so far, Lam Tin has the best-tasting food in that street considering the prices. They also have the best Chicken Siopao, a chicken ball with a distinct taste wrapped inside very soft sweet bread then steamed to perfection. I loved the taste of the shrimp head sauce on the Suahe because they were very fresh. The shrimp meat was very soft and was almost like jelly. The dipping sauce, a mixture of soy sauce, vinegar, green onion and chillies with some sugar, was superb. Their Yang Chow tasted like what great fried rice should taste. It was not oily at all, had a generous amount of shrimps and was seasoned very well. Their Chicken Feet here are Lyn’s favourite and she said they were very tender and was coated with a very tasty sauce.

 

Service = 5/5

–          The restaurant probably represents an old-school Chinese restaurant with even the owners and his children serving the customers. Even though I got sprayed on by saliva while talking to the server, we got fast service.

 

Ambience = 3.5/5

–          The place had basic furniture, basic comfort rooms and basic utensils. We felt that people were there for one purpose – to eat and then go home. That wasn’t really a problem since they serve great Chinese food.

 

Value for money = 5/5

–          Don’t let the picture fool you. The smallest Yang Chow rice serving could feed 3 people (5 females or 2 males) and their siopao comes in twos. Their food items are really priced properly.

Click here for their Facebook page.